Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City [NOOK Book]

Overview

Through most of the 20th century, Atlantic City was controlled by a powerful partnership of local politicians and racketeers. Funded by payoffs from gambling rooms, bars, and brothels, this corrupt alliance reached full bloom during the reign of Enoch "Nucky" Johnson - the second of three bosses to head the Republican machine that dominated city politics and society.

In Boardwalk Empire, Nucky Johnson, Louis "the Commodore" Kuehle, Frank "Hap" Farley, and Atlantic City itself ...

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Overview

Through most of the 20th century, Atlantic City was controlled by a powerful partnership of local politicians and racketeers. Funded by payoffs from gambling rooms, bars, and brothels, this corrupt alliance reached full bloom during the reign of Enoch "Nucky" Johnson - the second of three bosses to head the Republican machine that dominated city politics and society.

In Boardwalk Empire, Nucky Johnson, Louis "the Commodore" Kuehle, Frank "Hap" Farley, and Atlantic City itself spring to life in all their garish splendor. Author Nelson Johnson traces "AC" from its birth as a quiet seaside health resort, through the notorious backroom politics and power struggles, to the city's rebirth as an international entertainment and gambling mecca.

Irresistibly told, with characters and pacing worthy of a well-crafted novel, Boardwalk Empire is the true story of a colorful city and its unique political culture.

Soon to be made into a new HBO series with a pilot directed by Martin Scorsese!

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For longtime Jersey residents, the phrase "Atlantic City politics" carries a pungent aroma all its own; the strong scent of cigars in backrooms, stale smoke from gambling arenas. New Jersey Superior Court judge Nelson Johnson has been observing the underpinnings of the boardwalk scene for three decades, both as a professional and an amateur history buff. His scintillating new book traces the city's long, eventful path from birth to seaside resort to a scandal-ridden crime center and beyond. The Sopranos with salt-water taffy. Now in paperback. (Hand-selling tip: When we assert that Boardwalk Empire possesses cinematic potential, we're not just speculating. An HBO series based on Johnson's book is in the works now with a pilot directed by Martin Scorsese!)
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“Read Boardwalk Empire . . . Johnson spares no detail when painting a picture of the illegal activities that flourished in Atlantic City.”  —Egg Harbor News (New Jersey)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780966674873
  • Publisher: Plexus Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 15,368
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Nelson Johnson practiced law for 30 years, during which time he was active in Atlantic City and Atlantic County politics. He is currently a judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, sitting in the Civil Division of Atlantic County. He lives in Hammonton, New Jersey.
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  • Posted November 25, 2010

    Great History Read

    Nothing like the TV series, but better. This book goes from when Atlantic City was just a sandy island until present day. At least the first couple of chapters should be required reading for ALL American PUBLIC school-kids. It details how capitalism really works to the benefit of all. From a sand pile to a resort for the common man and jobs for all simply from a vision of one man, this book chronicles the march of capitalism and how it benefited the working class of Philadelphia. No socialist government could have ever built a city for the benefit of tens of thousands. Then, when corruption sets in the city starts in its inevitable decline. This book details the great things capitalists did for this Philadelphia and South Jersey such as getting trains into Atlantic City for a cost the working man could afford; providing thousands of jobs for ex slaves from the south; providing a vacation resort for the working class. Then when government intervened and banned alcohol, this provided a haven for thieves and organized crime. Government became corrupt and the people suffered. This book, to me, shows how a corrupt government destroys cities....

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2008

    Atlantic City from scratch to what is now

    Really good for those who are interested in how this billion city came up from a deserted island owned by farmers.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Great Read

    The Author tells this story in a way that makes you want to keep reading. If you ever wanted to know about Atlantic City, or you watch Boardwalk Empire on HBO, this book is for you. From a small island to Trump's Casino, it's all in here. The wheeling & Dealing,the racketeering,side deals,and backstabbing. Nelson Johnson has told the story of a bad girl gone strait or as strait as she can. Great Read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Time: The Leaf-Bare War

    &star&star<_>~ The Leaf-Bare War <br> &starf&starf&starf<_>~ A Kit Named Comet <p> BlazeClan had returned to the camp because the moon had been blocked by StarClan. Gingerleaf, the BlazeClan medcat, had told Blazestar that Sunnysky was soon to have kits. Sunnysky and her mate, Greentail, had been very loyal to BlazeClan. <br> An hour later, Blazestar came to see the kits. One was grey with a black paw and tail, like Greentail, and the another three looked like Sunnysky, except for a shecat who had a black tail. But there was a fifth kit, a whitish kit with a very peculiar blue tail. She looked light blue. The names of the kits were Twilightkit, Lightkit, Smallkit, Darkkit, and Cometkit. <br> Gingerleaf insisted that Cometkit was special, but Blazestar ignored her. Cometkit was just a regular kit. Yes, nothing more, nothing less. Just a simple kit...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2014

    Waste of time. Page after page of repetitive, uninteresting writ

    Waste of time. Page after page of repetitive, uninteresting writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Julia

    I'm a slave and sure Id love to

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    Posted August 26, 2014

    To Julia

    Hey Im John.I would love to have nook sex with you if you want too.Let me know if you want to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    Great read

    It gives a good detailed account of how AC grew from a tiny village into the mecca of east coast gambling it is today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Reads like a history book: boring

    If you were looking for the tv series, you'll be dissapointed. Hardly any of the charactors from the show and not much of the excitement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    If you like the tv show, you'll love the book!

    If you like the tv show, you'll love the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Interesting read, probably not what you think

    If you are looking for a replay of the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire," this book is not for you. If, however, you are interested in learning about how Atlantic City came into being, then this is the book for you.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    Very Interesting Read

    Being a fan of the HBO Original Series, Boardwalk Empire, I was excited to read the true story behind the fiction. It was very interesting to read the history of Atlantic City from its very humble beginnings to what it is today. I definitely recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Apprentice den

    *winterstar

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Yes you may. Go to winter result 2

    Go to winter result two. Ask to join. Say robinwhisker sent you.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    Very good

    Very informative about that era. I'm a fan of the HBO series and this really gave me a better perspective on that time in our history.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

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    Wow

    I love thw show on HBO and this is the book that made it. Fast page turner u always want to know whats going on love love this story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2011

    If you are from New Jersey - a must read

    Learning the history of Atlantic City was fascinating. Growing up in New Jersey and spending time "down the shore" every summer made the reading of Boardwalk even more interesting.

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